Nov 18, 2022
Digital Program for Limón Dance Company
Migrant Mother Photo by Christopher Jones
José Limón and Doris Humphrey
Natalie Clevenger | Joey Columbus | Terrence D. M. Diable | MJ Edwards | Mariah Gravelin | Johnson Guo | Deepa Liegel | Eric Parra | Nicholas Ruscica | Frances Lorraine Samson | Jessica Sgambelluri | Savannah Spratt | Lauren Twomley
The José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc. is supported with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is generously provided by the following institutions: Henry and Lucy Moses Fund; The Howard Gilman Foundation; Miriam and Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust; The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; Mesonix Investments Ltd; Hispanic Federation, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; UMEZ Cultural Fund Aid II; Jody and John Arnhold; The Varnum De Rose Charitable Trust; The O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; West Harlem Development Corporation; The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; Withers Bergman LLP; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; WQXR.
The Limón Dance Company is a member of Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Western Arts Alliance, National Association of Schools of Dance, the Arts & Business Council, and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Choreography: Doris Humphrey (1928)
Staging and Direction: Gail Corbin
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, suite no. 3 in D Major, Air
Costume Original Design: Pauline Lawrence
Costume Current Rebuild: Ali Lane
Lighting Reconstruction: Al Crawford
Mariah Gravelin, Deepa Liegel, Jessica Sgambelluri, Lauren Twomley
Choreography by permission of The Doris Humphrey Foundation for Dance.
First performed Mar 24, 1928 at The Little Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
Major Revival with Original Score
Choreography: José Limón (1967)
Staging and Direction: Logan Frances Kruger (2022)
Coaching: Nina Watt
Staging Assistant: Lauren Twomley
Music: Eugene Lester*
Costumes: Marión Talán de la Rosa
Lighting Design: Al Crawford
The Burden Bearer: Joey Columbus
Expiatory Figures: Frances Lorraine Samson (solo), Savannah Spratt, Lauren Twomley
Psalmists: The Company, including University of Minnesota dancers Nakeema Virginia King, Milo Flynn Sachse-Hofheimer, Hina Sasaki, Allison Wheeler, Claire Wilcox
And praised.Auschwitz.Be.Maidanek.The Lord.Treblinka
And praised.Buchenwald.Be.Mauthausen.The Lord.Belzec.
And praised.Sobibor.Be.Chalmno.The Lord.Ponary.
And praised.Theresienstadt.Be.Warsaw.The Lord.Vilna.
And praised.Skarzysko.Be.Bergen-Belsen.The Lord.Janow.
And praised.Dora.Be.Nevenganme.The Lord.Pustkow.
The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart
*2022 Recording of Eugene Lester's Original Score by University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble; Erik Contzius, Baritone; Douglas Perkins, Conductor.
First performed Aug 19, 1967 at the American Dance Festival, New London, CT by the José Limón Dance Company.
Choreography: José Limón (1939)
Reconstruction and Reimagination: Dante Puleio in collaboration with the dancers (2022)
Project Advisor: Risa Steinberg
Historical Research: Sarah Stackhouse
Music: Lionel Nowak, special 75th anniversary edition for the Limón Dance Foundation notated by Allen Fogelsanger
Pianist: Mayu Funaba
Original Costumes: José Limón
Costume Reimagination: Marión Talán de la Rosa
Lighting Design: Al Crawford
Projection Design: Michael Clark
Indio: MJ Edwards
Conquistador: Jessica Sgambelluri
Peón: Terrence D. M. Diable
Caballero: Johnson Guo
Revolucionario: Lauren Twomley
A lost work of Limón’s, these 5 solos representing historical Mexican figures have been reconstructed and reimagined using photos, drawings, writings and notation from Limón’s personal Libro de Ideas. Limón performed this work in his early days as a dancer and choreographer, but with little archival footage and never having taught the work, this season marks the first time the Company has performed these fundamental and foundational solos.
First performance Aug 4, 1939 at Lisser Hall, Mills College, Oakland by José Limón.
Choreography: Raúl Tamez
Music: Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, Cantos Tzotziles de San Pedro Chenalhó, Juan Pablo Villa, Lila Downs, Felipe Esparza, and Los Cojolites
Costume Design: Edgar Sébastien
Lighting Design: Al Crawford
Joey Columbus, Terrence D. M. Diable, MJ Edwards, Mariah Gravelin, Johnson Guo, Eric Parra, Nicholas Ruscica, Frances Lorraine Samson, Savannah Spratt, Jessica Sgambelluri, Lauren Twomley
The first Mexican choreographer to create a work on the Company since José Limón.
This work is a response to Limon’s, Tonantzintla (1951), which means place of our little mother. Limón was mesmerized by a Baroque Catholic church built up by Mexican indigenous people, where they were partially allowed by the Franciscan friars, to portray some of their enormously rich cosmology. The result was a unique style of syncretic baroque never seen before.
This new piece encourages voices that are often marginalized in terms of symbolic domination, colonization, and creolization. It is a tribute to the majesty of the pre-Hispanic heritage in Mesoamérica.
First performed Apr 26, 2022 at the Joyce Theater in New York, NY by the Limón Dance Company.
*2022 Bessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreographer/Creator
A special thank you to the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance program for hosting the Limón Dance Company.
Migrant Mother is a Northrop Centennial Commission.
Air for the G String Photo by Christopher Jones
Limón Dance Company’s November 2022 performance at Northrop features dancers from the University of Minnesota’s Dance Program in the José Limón work Psalm. The five dancers and four understudies included in this project studied the choreography for Psalm and Limón technique for two weeks in September with Logan Frances Kruger, Associate Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company and a Sage Cowles Land Grant Chair Visiting Artist in Dance. Between the residency and performances, the students continued to rehearse with UMN faculty including Carl Flink and Laura Selle Virtucio. During the performance week, they will be integrated into the company for rehearsals and performances. Northrop is grateful to the University of Minnesota Dance Program, Limón Dance Company, and these nine dancers for their commitment to the process.
Psalm-Nicholas Ruscica and TheCompany. Photo by Christopher Jones
Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of dance since its inception in 1946. The first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department, and first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, it has performed twice at The White House. The José Limón Dance Foundation, with Company and Institute, is the recipient of a 2008 National Medal of the Arts. José Limón has a special place in American culture for a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality. It is with this ethos that we continue to commission works by critically acclaimed and emerging international voices 50 years after Limón’s passing. His works continue to influence the evolution of the art form with their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, and rhythmic and musical life. www.limon.nyc
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Lena Lauer- Director of Education Programs
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Psalm Photo by Christopher Jones
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